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422                   HISTORY OF PERSIA         CHAP, LXXVI
fortunate for Persia. By the terms of that instrument the
third instalment of the indemnity had to be handed over
to the Russian representative on the 2yth of August,
, failing which, that power had the right to annex Azerbaijan.
With characteristic Persian levity, no arrangements were
made for the payment of this money, and but for the
friendly vigilance of the British Envoy it would not have
been forthcoming.
In the autumn a special mission under M. Grebaiodov
reached Teheran from the Tsar. It was received with
much distinction and honour, but the Envoy's claim that
two Armenian women should be given up by the Asaf-u-
Dola created much ill-feeling. The women were sur-
rendered, but the decision of the chief MujtMd that it
was lawful to rescue them from the hands of the infidels
caused a riot. The bazaars were shut, a mob stormed the
Legation, and the Envoy and his staff were murdered.
The Shah, in utter dismay, despatched his grandson
Khusru Mirza to offer the apologies of the Persian
Government and to express horror at the outrage. Russia
was engaged at the time in hostilities with Turkey and
was unwilling to drive Persia by any act of harshness to
side with that power. Consequently, not only were the
demands of Russia limited to the exile of the chief
Mujtahid and the punishment of the guilty individuals,
but in addition Tsar Nicholas generously remitted a crore
of tomans of the war indemnity.